Shelter Squared | MADWORKSHOP

| 19 : 00 – 02 May, 2018 |

Seating booth, Fabric shelter


Rethinking – Emergency Shelters !

Architecture students Jeremy Carman and Jayson Champlain – both fellow at MADWORKSHOP have designed a post disaster shelter titled ‘Shelter Squared’.

Providing a habitable environment and shelter post disaster is one of the most crucial steps in rehabilitation process. Temporary dwellings form a back bone in the revival process post-disaster aftermath. For years, designers and architects have emphasized the importance of quality temporary shelters which also can be durable, sensitive, affordable, time and cost-effective !

Humanitarian agencies are prompted to provide larger quantities of smaller, cheaper, temporary housing, at the expense of quality and durability. Most of the time, we come across badly built shelters catering to a small proportion of the affected population in post disaster chaotic phase.


Poster, Cover page of Shelter by MADWORKSHOP

View of the overall shelter

In order to provide clean, affordable and recyclable shelters, two budding architects and fellow at MADWORKSHOP (The Martin Architecture and Design Workshop) have come up with a flat pack shelter of 50 square feet. Consisting of a fabric enclosure the shelter has clean floor, sleeping space, lockable storage and seating as well. The amazing flat packed unit takes 15 mins for complete assembly !

Temporary fabric shelter

Fabric enclosure

From the designers & Press release – 

Despite the recurrence of both natural and man-made disaster, little has changed when it comes to emergency post-disaster shelter. Cots in school gymnasiums, community centers, and sports arenas aren’t sufficient in times of need. Designed by Jeremy Carman and Jayson Champlain, two of 2017’s MADWORKSHOP fellows, SHELTER SQUARED responds to the current scarcity of design-oriented solutions to emergencies. This flat-packed, approximately mattress-sized shelter takes less than fifteen minutes to assemble. It can be stored on-site making it immediately available in any scenario.


Diagram, Assembly instruction diagram, assembly of temporary shelter

Assembly and storage process diagram


Section, Diagram showing usage of temporary shelter

Sections of shelter showing varied purposes

The units are constructed with lightweight, waterproof panels for easy maintenance. They utilize Velcro connections to ensure simplicity of assembly. Each unit provides an operable fabric enclosure, clean floor, roomy sleeping quarters, lockable storage, and booth seating.

Even with all these amenities, Shelter Squared occupies a modest 50 square feet and can combine with adjacent units to keep loved ones, pets, and friends connected. Overall, the design utilizes cost-effective, recyclable materials to provide a meaningful alternative to the current standard of post-disaster shelters.

Axonometric view, Shelter, Temporary shelter in a hall


Axonometric view – Units assembled in a playing court


People relaxing inside a temporary shelter, Fabric tent, Temporary Shelter

Designers – Jeremy Carman and Jayson Champlain 


Flat pack unit, Flat pack shelter, Quick assembly shelter

A single unit of the shelter


diagram, component diagram, assembly diagram of a shelter

Unit components of the shelter


Fabric shelter for post disaster usage

Shelter squared unit besides the designers

The project was made possible thanks to the MADWORKSHOP Foundation. It is a non-profit architecture and design organization centered around social and technological innovation.

About the designers – 

Jeremy Carman was born and raised in rural northern California and pursued architecture at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo. Once he earned an AS in Architectural Technology, Jeremy began setting his sights on the USC School of Architecture B.Arch program and is currently finishing his fourth year. His focus centers on architecture’s ability to encourage learning in both users and observers. Jeremy is a MADWORKSHOP fellow.

fabric shelter, Fabric enclosure, temporary shelter for post disaster usage

A workspace too within the shelter !

Jayson Champlain was born and raised in Torrance, CA. After obtaining an AA in Architectural Drafting from Saddleback College, Jayson was accepted into the USC School of Architecture and is now in his fourth year of the B. Arch program. His focus is on socially conscious architecture utilizing innovative technology and representational techniques. Jayson is a MADWORKSHOP fellow.

About the MADWORKSHOP foundation – 

The Martin Architecture and Design Workshop (MADWORKSHOP) supports technological craftsmanship in the arts and design. With focus on socially conscious projects, MADWORKSHOP aims to make radical, sustainable, and lasting contributions to design discourse and society at large.

Interior view, Rendered view, temporary shelter

A rendered view of the connected units 

Project details – 

Project Name – Shelter Squared

Design foundation – MADWORKSHOP ( The Martin Architecture and Design Workshop )

Design Team –  Jeremy Carman, Jayson Champlain

Project type – Public space installation, Temporary shelter, Post disaster shelter

Completion Year – 2017

Built Up Area – 50 sq.ft.

Photography Credits – © Buddy Bleckley

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